Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 2,957 | Reviews: 1,436 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
Beer poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Beer pours a nice golden brown with red highlights. Two fingers of fluffy white head that last almost the whole time you are drinking. Lots of lace down the sides.
Smell: Lots of pine, sweet fruits like mangos and pineapple with some citrus at the end.
Taste: Well balanced, the hop and malt are just about perfect in this one. Sweet and bitter at the same time.
Mouth: Nice carbonation, light on the palate. With a dry ending.
Overall: Very good beer. Bitter, sweet and dry all the way. I will be getting this one on the next trip to the beer shop. Cheers.
02-27-2012 01:48:57 | More by fwiz
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
It pours a dark amber color with a decent amount of head.
The aroma is mostly hops and a slight hint of sweet grapes.
Taste wise is a good balance between hops, malts and a subtle amount of grapes. Despite all the fresh hops used in this, they do not overwhelm the palate and the slight sweetness balances the mild bitterness.
It is very easy to drink not only because of the light-medium body, but also because of the refreshing taste.
Definitely one of the best I have enjoyed from Sierra Nevada.
02-26-2012 05:56:41 | More by JohnnyMc
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Review from notes. 2011 edition.
Bomber size bottle poured into large dimpled mug a cloudy, orange honey color with a thin lacy head left behind.
Strong dry hop taste right up front, peppery with a bit of citrus and just an under lying hint of the 6.7% abv.
I tend to tread lightly with IPA's but am always on the look out for a well balanced entry that isn't too high in the IBU's and not a complete choker destined for the drain. I thought this was very well done and not nearly as strong as I was expecting but a definite sipper from the hops within. Solid as always from Sierra Nevada.
02-18-2012 22:27:58 | More by Blueribbon666
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
2011 edition poured from a 24 oz bottle into a liter mug. Pours a dark amber color with a nice frothy white head that stays and leaves nice lacing. Smells of hops and floral and citrus tones. Very pleasant smell and has a few complexities. The taste is a lot of hops and a little malty taste, but the hops are very nice and dominant. For a very hoppy beer, this is very good in carbonation and in smoothness, and definitely is one, while not one to be chugged in any definition, is definitely one I could drink all night. Overall, a very good beer. Just too bad it only comes out for a few months each year.
02-15-2012 03:32:13 | More by cyclonece09
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a rich copper with a frothy off white head that has very good retention and lacing.
Smells of fresh citrus bitter and sweet, with a sort of floral pine scent, backed by a faint caramel malt aroma.
Heavy earthy pine flavor up front. Next is a lively citrus flavor dominated by bitter grapefruit. A slight caramel sweetness and some bread notes round it out to a full lively flavor. This beer dances in your mouth in a slow harmonious waltz - very nice. I like the punk mosh feel of some American IPAs, but this one is very pleasing as well in its own unique way.
02-14-2012 23:22:36 | More by Chickenhawk9932
4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
Picked up a bottle at the local liquor store. I have to admit, it's a pretty impressive label. Killer presentation. Bar code with some numbers, but no discernible expiration date. Let's give er a whirl!
A: Pours a hazy penny colored reddish brown. Lively carbonation. Large bubbles. Couple fingers of off white head with great retention. Stellar lacing of the glass.
S: Piney, woody and resinous with mango and grapefruit bursting out of the glass. Big malts rise up in the nose with bready, doughy and sweet notes contrasting the fruit and evergreen.
T: Malt followed by an immediate drying of the mouth from the hops. Notes of peach/nectarine are followed by orange and grapefruit with a slight bit of...mango, maybe? These are all subtle flavors that are quickly devoured by evergreen and woody flavors. The finish is very dry, with hints of residual bitterness and that same woodiness coming through.
M: The moderate carbonation works well with how dry this beer finishes. Balanced for what it is. Absolutely no residual taste or feel of alcohol, even though it clocks in near 7 percent.
O: Once again, Sierra Nevada knocks one out of the park. More and more SN is becoming my go to beer. Any dive in Santa Barbara carries the pale, I can find the Torpedo for cheap at the grocery store. Seriously, it's hard to go wrong with a brand this widely available and this good. And the pricing is fair, for the most part. Sam Adams and Yuengling may have larger numbers, but as far as I'm concerned, this is THE great American brewery operating right now.
02-13-2012 09:57:20 | More by McStagger
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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